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ERIC Number: EJ842689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1939-5256
An Empirical Verification of the Community of Inquiry Framework
Arbaugh, J. B.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v11 n1 p73-85 Apr 2007
The purpose of this paper is to report on the results of a study that examines whether the Community of Inquiry (CoI) dimensions of social, teaching, and cognitive presence distinctively exist in e-learning environments. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. First, the author will briefly review recent studies on the dimensions of this framework: social, cognitive, and teaching presence. Second, the author discusses the development of the sample of MBA students in online courses over a two-year period at a Midwestern U.S. university and the items used to measure the CoI dimensions. Next, the author will describe the results of an exploratory factor analysis, including an interpretation of the emerging factors. Finally, the author will discuss how these findings relate to conclusions presented in Garrison's review of recent research related to the CoI and present some possible directions for future research. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A